Co-Founders + Co-Principals

Jessica Martin

Co-Founder and Co-Principal


Jessica Martin has spent the last 14 years working to combat educational inequity.  Before founding ACS, Jessica worked as a Director of School Support with the Achievement Network; there, she empowered leaders to tear down systemic barriers and rethink approaches to instruction, in order to improve outcomes for all students.  Prior to her work in Colorado, Jessica utilized her robust content knowledge, in-depth pedagogical awareness, and passion for educational equity, to support teachers in creating authentic learning experiences for students.  In her early career, Jessica worked as a teacher of traditionally underserved populations, and her eyes were opened to the transformative work, still needing to be done in our schools.  It is because of this that she continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible in education.


Meredith Stolte

Co-Founder and Co-Principal


Meredith has worked in Urban Education for the past 17 years, empowering teachers, leaders, and students in traditionally underserved populations.  Before founding ACS, she worked as a Director of School Support with the Achievement Network, where she collaborated with leadership teams to strengthen school-wide instructional practices.  Meredith is a life-long educator, whose educational career began in Baltimore City Public Schools, where she served as a teacher, coach and Director of Teacher Support and Development.  She prioritizes educating young people to be agents of change for issues of injustice in their world, which is what Aurora Community School was founded on. 

Founding Board


Christine Levy

Board Chair


With experience with the Charter School Growth Fund as an Investment Associate, KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools as Chief Strategy Officer, and McKinsey & Company as an Engagement Manager, Christine Levy brings a wealth of knowledge to school start-up, specifically in strategic planning, development, and school finance.  She has a personal passion for serving students in underserved populations.  She’s thrilled to be supporting the students and families of Aurora! 


Chyrise Harris

Director of Media Relations, Education Post


Chyrise Harris is the director of media relations for Education Post. She joined Education Post to amplify the unique voice and experience of students, parents and teachers in schools across the country. She previously lead brand development, marketing and communications at STRIVE Preparatory Schools, one of Denver’s largest public charter school networks. Prior to that she worked in the communications office at Denver Public Schools where she supported communications for one of the district’s largest turnaround efforts. 


Reilly Pharo Carter

Executive Director, Climb Higher Colorado


Reilly Pharo Carter is Executive Director of Climb Higher Colorado (CHC). CHC is a statewide initiative that brings together parents, educators, advocacy organizations, business leaders and the community to improve education in Colorado so all students learn the essential skills and knowledge they need to succeed during and, most importantly, after school. Previously she served as Vice President of Education Initiatives for the Colorado Children’s Campaign where she led the organization’s education policy work.


Maria Perez

Independent Consultant, MDP Outsourcing and Consulting


Maria is the founder of MDP Outsourcing and Consulting.  She brings a wealth of knowledge to the board, including expertise in migrant education.  A former employee of the Colorado Department of Education, Maria worked with schools across the state to provide equitable education to all students.  Maria is currently in school studying public policy, with hopes of becoming a non-profit lawyer to support families in underserved communities. 


Amy Lovell Boylls

Assistant Principal, McGlone Academy


Amy is currently an Assistant Principal at McGlone Academy, where she also served as a literacy coach for the previous four years.  Amy won the Denver Public Schools Teacher Leader of the Year in 2015 for the elementary grades. In addition, she has eight years of experience teaching first grade and reading intervention.  Amy strives to inspire children in specific and meaningful ways that rely on teamwork between the community, families, staff, and students.